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Britain's oldest chorister still hitting the right notes

by Aaron James

Dennis Doyle, who turned 96 earlier this year, still sings regularly at St Mary's Church in Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire.

He joined the church when he was seven years old in 1920 and became an organist by the time he was 15.

After the war he became a music associate at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and studied music at Trinity College London. He was then a professional music director and teacher at various places across Cambridge.

Speaking on Premier's News Hour Dennis said: "I first got into this when I met a famous concert pianist in Cairo during the War.

"I said: 'I work for my father in his office'. She said: 'You're in wrong job! When you get back, get into music!'

"Whatever happens, don't give up. If things don't go right for a start then put them right.

"Sometimes it's easy to do, sometimes it takes a great deal of time and effort. But don't ever give up."

Listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking to Dennis Doyle on the News Hour:

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